It seems to be a percolating question as of late: Will currently jailed defensive tackle Josh Brent rejoin the Dallas Cowboys upon his upcoming release?
I think the answer is simple.
I don’t mean to minimize the actions which landed Brent in his present location. I think that story has been rehashed enough and given that the primary principle remaining in this event, Jerry Brown‘s mother, Stacey Jackson, has made tremendous efforts to forgive and move forward, perhaps all of us should—and can.
So, about Brent in a Cowboys uniform again: When and where?
The reality is that the Cowboys have little choice other than to get Brent back into the fold.
Yes, Dallas drafted one defensive tackle in the 2014 NFL draft last month, but is anybody too sure that Ken Bishop, a seventh-round selection out of Northern Illinois with one of three compensatory picks, is going to jump right in and claim a spot in defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli’s defensive line rotation?
Regardless of what anybody thinks about Brent’s history behind the wheel of a car, he’s about to be released from his 180-day jail sentence and he’s probably going to need a job. At 26 years old and with still enough time to get more than a few good years of football in, I would expect Brent and his legal staff to be preparing his formal request for reinstatement any day now—if they haven’t already.
Dallas Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones recently fanned the discussion of Brent’s return when inquired by the Dallas Morning News:
We’ll certainly look at that. The league will have a big say in when he can come back. We’ll certainly evaluate that situation when it comes. But I certainly wouldn’t rule it out.
It really doesn’t sound to me like the Cowboys have any reservations at all about getting Brent back into playing shape and on the field as soon as possible. Of course the franchise isn’t going to simply come out and state this publicly, but the desire and incentive have to be pretty high within the Jones family tree.
Why is Brent so important?
Well, in case you’ve been away for the last couple of seasons, Dallas has a defensive that is as bad as it as ever been—I really mean ever.